Levine: Cubs Get Good News On Bryant Injury

By Bruce Levine–

(CBS) — The Chicago Cubs received good news on top prospect Kris Bryant’s foot injury.

An MRI on Bryant’s big toe Sunday revealed a bone bruise after the third baseman fouled a ball off of his foot last week. He played through the pain until removing himself from the Iowa Cubs’ game Saturday evening.

An X-ray on the toe was inconclusive on Saturday. The Cubs confirmed on Sunday an MRI ruled out any fracture to the foot.

The team said Bryant has a contusion or bruise and is day-to-day with no timetable for a return to the field. The 22-year-old Bryant has been the most dominant player in the minor leagues this season. Bryant’s combined numbers make him a candidate for minor league player of the year, hitting .333 with 40 home runs 103 RBIs combined at Double-A and Triple-A in 2014.

Bryant was the No. 2 pick in the 2013 amateur draft by Chicago. Although his numbers warrant a call-up to the major leagues, the Cubs have said repeatedly that they have no plans to start his major league clock this season.

Bryant was the college player of the year in 2013, winning the coveted Golden Spikes award while finishing his career at the University of San Diego. He began his minor league career dominating pitchers at two Class-A levels in 2013. Bryant was named the Arizona Fall League MVP last November.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score and CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.

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